Photo by G.
Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon
Here’s to you, Mr. Simon. One half of the folk/rock duo, Simon and Garfunkel, Paul Simon, turns 70 day! I was lucky enough not only to see Simon and Garfunkel in concert a few years ago, but it was part of a 2 night concert for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 25th anniversary and the list of performers included everyone from Crosby Stills and Nash to U2 to Aretha Franklin to Metallica to Stevie Wonder! EPIC! Oh, and Paul Simon also did a solo set that night too so I can officially say I’ve heard “You Can Call Me Al,” performed live!
Also born today: comedian Sacha Baron Cohen and comedian Lenny Bruce.
Photo and autograph courtesy of the G archives.
Robin Leach turns 70 today! We all used to enjoy watching “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” because before webcams and the texting of cock-shots, this was the only way we could get a glimpse of celebrities homes. We’ve all since learned that these people are highly over paid for what they do and that in our common jobs, we won’t be receiving residual checks until the end of time.
Also born on this day: Michael Jackson, actress Isabel Sanford, director Richard Attenborough, actress Ingrid Bergman and jazz great Charlie “Bird” Parker.
Photo and autograph courtesy of my extremely large obtained in person autograph collection.
Happy birthday to one of the greats – the original funkateer – George Clinton. As leader of Parliament-Funkadelic, the man created grooves that will be emulated (but will never compare to the original) until the end of time.
Happy funking birthday George! Thanks for all the great grooves!
Photo and autograph courtesy of the G Archives.
Happy birthday to legendary Spanish singer Vicki Carr. I’ve met her on several occasions and she is very nice.
Also born today, Brian May from Queen.
Photo and autograph courtesy of my entirely autographed 1987 Fleer set.
Happy 70th birthday to disgraced baseball star Pete Rose. “Charlie Hustle” is the all time major league baseball hits leader with 4,256. There was no question that he’d be inducted into the baseball hall of fame, but then it was discovered that he was betting on baseball, including claims that he bet on his own team (when he was the manager of the Reds!) As he’ll never be eligible for induction into the hall, Rose fills his time charging money for his autograph in vile places like Las Vegas. So sad.
Pete Rose in Vegas
For the record, I always got his autograph for free back in his playing days.